The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 21, July 1917 - April, 1918 Page: 18
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The report of Jones agreed with the chairman that the tariff was
unequally administered, but did not agree that the evil could be
remedied at that time.145
The report by Scurry and Smyth was the only effort, so far
as I have been able to find, to deny the frequent charges
that the East was evading the tariff; and this; report did not
deny that it was being evaded to a certain extent. The re-
port said that it was a well known fact that several cargoes of
cotton had gone down the Neches most of which had been sold
in Galveston and return cargoes purchased there; and that these
eastern sections swelled the importations into, Galveston, and did
not get any credit for it; that the, western people were affected
by the tariff only as they consumed articles subject to. a tariff,
and the same applied to the East; and finally, that the finances
of the government would not admit of reduction-which was a
rather strange doctrine for Scurry. Besides all this, these mem-
bers of the committee hoped for annexation, which would cure
the chief evils connected with the tariff.'146
The absorbing interest in the question of annexation caused
the newspapers to pay little attention to the veto of the tariff
bill. The tariff question, however, had become involved to a
certain extent with the question of annexation during the cam-
paign for reduction in the summer and fall of 1844. On No-
vember 13, 1844, the Telegraph and Texas Register said that the
only journals opposed to annexation had based their objection on
the tariff of the United States, while they had opposed any modifi-
cation of their own tariff; that if annexed at all Texas would be
annexed by the free-trade party in the United States, and that
by annexation only one tariff would be paid. In defending the
veto of the Tariff Act of 1845, the Texas National Register said
that in case there was no annexation, Texas should use her tariff
for trading purposes, "every reduction of duties on goods im-
ported from any foreign country into the ports of Texas, would
purchase a, corresponding in our favor." For that reason, the
tariff should remain at the existing high rate till the question of
annexation was definitely settled. In case of annexation, the
"45Ninth Congress, House Journal, 291.
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